The Louis Schendler Bowl - swum in memory of a dedicated psychologist and club member

Autumn rain could not dampen the spirits, though it really did seem wetter out than in

Linda Paxton romped home to win the Louis Schendler Bowl, presented by Louis' daughter Bunny.

This was the last 100-yard race before the start of the 55 yards (50m) Winter Series sprints to be raced over the next seven Saturdays before Christmas.

A murky final Saturday of October for the final 100 yards (90m) before Christmas

A murky final Saturday of October for the final 100 yards (90m) before Christmas

Like wine? Possibly corked?

Louis' daughter Bunny joined us to present the trophy

Louis' daughter Bunny joined us to present the trophy

Bunny is a Kenwood ponds regular and no stranger to winter swimming. She had a dip before drying off and watching the race.

Trophy winner Linda Paxton, trying to stay snug and warm post race

Trophy winner Linda Paxton, trying to stay snug and warm post race

Linda performed best against her handicap when the two races ("slow" and "fast") were compared

Whilst we huddled together in an attempt to shelter from the rain, President Alan Mitchell welcomed our old friend Bunny for turning out on such a "wonderful" morning.  This was the twentieth anniversary of the race for the Louis Schendler Bowl, having appeared on the fixture calendar in 2001.

Louis joined the club in the 1960s and was a midweek and weekend swimmer. A psychologist by profession it was always said that the club members of that era provided him with many very interesting case studies. He was well known for wearing his baggy roll-neck sweater whilst walking across Kensington Gardens with towel and trunks rolled up under his arm for his morning dip.  No fancy robe or sports bag for Louis.

Fellow members always knew when he was in the water as his clothes were neatly placed on the bench with his glasses always sitting on top. On one occasion he and Bill Phipps left the changing room wearing each other’s trousers.  They did not realise until they each required their respective keyrings.  This "wrong trousers" tradition was revived a few years ago by two current club members.

Louis was so committed to his patients that he continually put off necessary heart surgery.  Sadly, when he finally went into hospital he died on the operating table.

For further background and history of the race please follow this link to the "race we missed" report from last year.

  http://serpentineswimmingclub.com/news/51071/louis-schendler-bowl-2020

They counted them out

They counted them out

Hon. Handicapper Dani, ably assisted by Robin, the old-Boy Wonder?

And they counted them in

And they counted them in

If Robin is the Boy Wonder, does that make Dani the Spanish Caped Crusader? (translation please)

On the board for the first race

On the board for the first race

Fight for second place. First home Linda Paxton is out of shot (probably out of the water, wrapped in a towel, trying to get dry despite the incessant rain). Question of the day - how does Kirsty Neilson keep that Serpentine bobble hat on for the duration of the race?

Second race about to commence

Second race about to commence

The drizzle for the first race became a downpour for the second

An eager crowd?

Burst for the finish?

Burst for the finish?

Stuart Bowman won the second race

Stuart Bowman won the second race

The crowd attempt to get dry

The crowd attempt to get dry

A reminder - next week Saturday, 6 November, sees the start of the Winter series. This competition is also a qualifying event for the Christmas Day race.

The "heats" officially commence at 8am.  However, the first heat will commence when the first twelve competitors are available.

This report from last year outlines the history of the Winter Competition

http://serpentineswimmingclub.com/news/51075/2020-winter-series

A note on behalf of the committee from the Hon. Secretary, Laure Latham, and the Hon. Handicapper, Dani Lobo -

"The Christmas Day race for the Peter Pan cup is the Blue Ribbon event for those club members who compete regularly in the Saturday races.
"Swimmers on the handicap list before the start of the Winter Series (on 6 November 2021), must compete in at least 2 of 7 Winter Series races.
"Swimmers NOT on the handicap list before the start of the Winter Series, must compete in 6 of the 7 Winter Series races.
"Swimmers unable to fulfil the above requirements may contact the race sub-committee by replying to this email by Monday 20 December 2021 to be considered for entry into the race.  (Note: the email in question has been sent direct to club members).
"The list of qualifiers will be published on Wednesday 22 December 2021. The sub-committee reserves the right to cap numbers if necessary on safety or other exceptional grounds.
"If there is a risk of over-crowding on the jetty, some swimmers may be asked to hold back until space is freed up. 
"Members who do not qualify are free to swim before or after the race on Christmas Day, but not between 8:50am and 9.00am."

Sid Levy, 1954